Ever had that shooting zing when drinking some ice cold water, or when you are eating your favourite tub of Ben & Jerrys.
Tooth sensitivity is a common problem and can have a big effect on daily life. Even breathing in cold air can be uncomfortable for some people.
So what is tooth sensitivity?
There are many different causes and explanations for tooth sensitivity
The most common is sensitivity to cold. This is usually from changes in the enamel surface. Thinning of the enamel from over brushing is something we see in a lot of our patients
Over exposure to acidic foods and drinks can cause sensitivity, this includes certain sports and carbonated drinks, as well as fruit juices.
The enamel layer is reduced from repeated acidic intake, this can expose the dentine layer – this is called erosion.
A change in diet is often required, also remember to wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth after consuming acidic or sugary food and drinks.
Usually, an electric toothbrush can prevent over-brushing. Your dental care provider can show you techniques to prevent you scrubbing too hard.
Using a sensitive toothpaste helps many people. Avoid toothpastes that are whitening, they are often more abrasive and can increase the sensitivity issue.
Your dental healthcare provider can assist and advise you with other products and techniques to help you along the way 🙂
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This post was written by Letooth